ONE WEEK AND COUNTING:
In a little over a week, Florida high school football teams will be preparing for either a jamboree or classic game and volleyball teams will be participating in pre-season jamborees.
The Gadsden County football edition will come out next week, as well, with pictures and schedules of your favorite pigskin players. It’ll be here before you know it!
FHSAA LAUNCHING OWN PED FIGHT:
Soon after the announcement of the suspensions of 13 professional baseball players, including Alex Rodriguez, for using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), the FHSAA released information relating to their own plans to fight the use of PEDs in high schools. Their press release stated, “The use of performance-enhancing drugs are currently prohibited as part of broader FHSAA bylaws and policies addressing sportsmanship.” It went on to say, “Recent news stories have indicated that Florida high school athletes were among those who obtained PEDs (from) the facility at the heart of the scandal currently (affecting) Major League Baseball.”
That plan is forthcoming.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, BASEBALL:
Most of us are anxiously awaiting the opening of fall sports but that doesn’t stop baseball from hosting two different showcases over the same weekend. One is hosted by Next Level Baseball. It is for juniors and seniors in front of professional scouts and college coaches on Aug. 24-25 at Lincoln High from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Seniors must sign up for Saturday’s showcase and juniors must sign up for Sunday’s showcase. The cost is $100. Call 850-765-0364 for more information.
The other is Tallahassee Community College’s North Florida Baseball Showcase, in conjunction with The Powermill Sports Facility. It’s scheduled for Aug. 24-25 and is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. This showcase will feature skill evaluation and workouts for players in front of college coaches and professional scouts. The cost is $100. Call 850-558-3600 for more information.
PARENT PERSONALITY #4:
Parent personality #4 is the “We” parent. This parent is all about living vicariously through their child. When the student-athlete wins the MVP or helps win a championship, they’ll proclaim, “we won,” not “my child won.” These parents struggles to separate themselves from the lives of their children and in doing so, hamper the development of the child as a separate person, a coachable person, and their development of a relationship with their coach.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?” –Jesse Owens